Marley arrived on Monday and since then he's been a lovely house guest. He's been so good, and is such a sweetie. He loves sleeping on our sofas and is getting on really well with our other foster Luka. On our walks he goes off lead and is very well behaved, he just wants to follow the other dogs. He's been clean in the house and he can sit on command. The only naughty things he's done are counter surf - which we're used to with our fosters, but he was standing with all fours on the counter and walking around like a cat! And we also think he should be renamed Houdini, as twice now he's managed to get into next doors garden. We think he must have just jumped right over! That was on the first day, and he hasn't done it since, but we have 5 foot fences and he still managed to get over, so he'll need a secure garden. When Marley gets excited to see you he'll jump up at you, but we're working on this. He also loves cuddles and tries his best to lick your face. Here he is, he's very handsome:
With his foster brother Luka, who he's great friends with:
Bathing in the sunshine:
Having a cuddle with my brother:
Curled up with Fionn and Luka. Poor Tipton retires to the safety of under the table to avoid the lurcher madness, but he's still boss!
Marley's settled in really well. He's a good boy, but quite mischievous. He still stands on the counters, and we came down the other morning to find he had eaten a whole packet of custard creams! He's also destroyed a number of plants in the garden, and he tried to dig a whole under one of our fences! Apart from that he's very good. We've taught him to sit and give paw, although he's still getting to grips with "down". He goes offlead on our walks and just follows my two around. He adores Fionn, and on every walk they have a huge run and they take it in turns to chase each other. And yesterday when Luka was going they spent ages running around the garden, play fighting. The three lurchers (Luka, Marley and Fionn):
Had to reply and let you know how much I enjoyed the video footage of Marley and Fionn! Pam here - I found Marley straying and with the agreement of our Dog Warden, was able to keep him at home for his 7 days rather than sending him to Battersea Dogs Home.
I am eternally grateful to the SLR for stepping in without a moment's hesitation to see this lovely boy gets the golden future he deserves. Huge credit too to Helen and her delightful children who make fostering such a big family concern and who have thoughtfully let me know how my little friend has been getting along (when not stealing biscuits and balancing on the kitchen worktops that is!).
In many ways Marley is a dream dog. He moved into my houseful of terriers and hit the ground running as if he'd always lived there. He may be young but he's the most laid back dog I've ever known - totally non-confrontational with other dogs and extra gentle with young children. I'm sure he will make some lucky person a terrific companion.
Thanks Pamela, he really is a lovely dog, in spite of his cheekyness ;D
Just thought I'd do a little update on Marley's antics.
Today he was going to be neutered, so, as per usual he had no food after 8.30 last night and no breakfast. Mum was upstairs this morning, and was just about to take him to the vets, when she heard Fionn barking at something. So she went downstairs to see what all the fuss was about and found Marley standing on the a kitchen counter, polishing off the remains of two apple crumbles!!! He finished them both before getting down, and subsequently couldn't have his operation
So he'll be getting neutered when he's with his new family. Ollie arrived this afternoon and Marley has been following him around like shadow, and has repeatedly been mounting and humping poor Ollie But Ollie's so submissive that he just let him. So naughty Marley's had some tellings off and seems to have calmed down now.
Some pictures of him in the sunshine we had yesterday:
Sorry for the delay people- the news is that Marley has gone to his new home today with the Rodway family and their lurcher Shola. I'll leave Rowan to do the full story as surprise surprise I'm just a tad heartbroken Although he coped fine coming into our house, he was happy to be on his own and was very independent. But slowly we saw a change in him and he became very sweet and relaxed and came to really love and trust us. He was in my eyes my perfect lurcher- graceful, stunning, clever, playful, very fast when he wanted to be and lazy when he wanted to be, naughty and mischievious but sooo loveable and sweet. He was one in a million and I miss him terribly. I hope you are loved and spoiled Marley mouse- be happy.
Spoke to Sue this morning and he had a really good night. Only one pair of shoes down so far ;D
He has had a play in the garden with Shola this morning, and was last seen resting his head on her, so lookin good. All the best for the future folks and look forward to seeing you all on a lurcher walk again.
A dog is a gift in life. Love and protect it. _________________